MPPM Apartment by Studio Tenca & Associati
Those who doubt the uplifting power of colour should look no further than this jewel-box of an apartment in the Navigli area of Milan, which the designers at Studio Tenca has transformed with a palette of joyful and sometimes unexpected hues.
The open plan living and dining room radiates warmth with its pale pink and earthy siena walls, set against wooden floor boards in a chevron pattern. The living room is dominated by a sofa in forest green and a playful rug in an illusion pattern, both outstanding with bold blocks of colour. The blue rug and burnt orange chairs in the dining room set a different tone, echoed in the bright blue kitchen, which no doubt offers a cool sanctuary when the heat is on. The two bathrooms showcase very different personalities: one is vibrant with coral pink walls and jade green tiles, whilst the other one is more subdued; but even here the sober shades of grey and beige are punctuated by pink terracotta tiles. Accessories and wallpapers add dashes of bright colours to the two bedrooms, which are otherwise painted in cooler shades.
Such a rich palette of colours could easily look confused, but here they feel confident and refreshing, creating visual interest everywhere you look without feeling overwhelming. A feast for the eyes indeed.
The wood veneer lights from LZF come in more than 10 different shades, which is a great way to add colour to a room. Try, for example, the Maruja suspension light in pale rose. Alternatively go for discrete and subdued lights such as the Hoop table light from 101 Copenhagen and the High Noon floor light from Zeitraum.
Wallpaper is a great way to add a dash of vibrancy to your walls. Try the Undersea Collectables wallpaper from MINDTHEGAP. The Souk wall mirror from Dooq and the Half Moon wall shelf from Formae would work well too.
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